Jury retires to deliberate on its verdict in Tyler trial
THE jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial over the death of Tyler Whelan.
The eight men and four women started their deliberations yesterday at Cambridge Crown Court.
During the case they have heard how Elvis Lee – five year old Tyler’s mother’s partner at the time – has admitted manslaughter after kick- ing the boy in the stomach on March 7 last year. Lee (34) of Crabtree, Paston, denies murder and two counts of cruelty to a child.
Tyler’s mum, Stephanie Whelan (27) who lived at Sheepwalk, Paston, at the time of the incident, denies causing or allowing the death of a child and two counts of cruelty to a child.
The court has heard that Tyler died at 11.25am at Peterborough City Hospital after suffering blunt force trauma injuries to his head and abdomen, which caused bleeding on the brain and a split small bowel.
The jury has also been told about a broken leg Tyler suffered in a fall June 2010 and a groin injury in October 2010, which form the cruelty charges. It is alleged Lee and Whelan failed to provide Tyler with prompt medical aid.
After retiring for their deliberations at 10.50am the jury returned to court at 4.30pm, where judge Mr Justice Nicol sent them home for the weekend.
They will return on Monday to continue their deliberations.